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  • WASHINGTON— Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress. A Democrat in the White House probably would use the waiver to build bridges to Republican governors and state legislators opposed to the law. But "you would be hard pressed to find a state that doesn't know what...

  • Correction: Vermont-Gun Restrictions story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— In a story April 16 about a bill to put restrictions on guns in Vermont, The Associated Press misreported what a lawmaker said. Vermont House advances bill placing new restrictions on guns. MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill to allow the state prosecution of some convicted criminals for possession of...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A state audit report released Thursday finds serious problems remain with the troubled Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange and questions whether the state can meet deadlines for needed system developments to address the shortcomings. The exchange continues to be plagued by enrollment, renewals, payments and security problems, even...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban...

  • Union Bankshares posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:48 PM ET

    MORRISVILLE, Vt. _ Union Bankshares Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $1.9 million. The bank, based in Morrisville, Vermont, said it had earnings of 42 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, April 14- Quebec is in talks with Ontario to sell Hydro-Québec's surplus hydroelectrical power to the neighbouring province and hopes to have an agreement soon, a senior government minister said on Tuesday. "I have been discussing with the Ontario government," Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Arcand said in a telephone interview from New York.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A Montpelier think tank has seized on a recent analysis from the Vermont Legislature's nonpartisan Joint Fiscal Office to argue that the state has more capacity to raise taxes than it is using. But JFO data trumpeted by the Public Assets Institute has been getting a cool reception from the Shumlin administration and legislative leaders, and on...

  • Shumlin says he supports paid sick days bill Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    The governor said a key change is that the measure as now written would not place any new administrative burdens on Vermont businesses that already are providing paid time off benefits equal to or better than what's called for in the bill. Sarah Copeland Hanzas of Bradford and Tristan Toleno of Brattleboro, both small business owners who said they opposed last...

  • BURLINGTON, Vt.— The parents of a Vermont woman who died last year have sued Botox maker Allergan, saying treatment of her cerebral palsy with Botox contributed to her death. In a federal lawsuit filed April 9, the parents of 21- year-old Mandy Fortuna alleged that Allergan failed to warn of Botox dangers, were negligent and breached the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The sponsor of a Maine law that requires food producers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients says state lawmakers are misguided in their effort to repeal the law's trigger provision. Harvell said Maine risks the possibility of food producers pulling products from the state if there isn't a critical mass of other...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers Monday to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Sharon Akabas, a professor at Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition, told state lawmakers Monday that labels could discourage the consumption of products linked...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A few years back, large-scale wind projects dominated the renewable energy discussion in Vermont as vocal opponents decried the destruction of pristine mountaintops and the details of construction plans grabbed headlines. All of Vermont's new electrical capacity last year came from solar, doubling the state's total in that category,...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation to ban the use of certain chemicals in toys may get another chance in New York state before lawmakers adjourn in June. The bill passed the Assembly last year but didn't get a vote in the Senate. Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright have reintroduced the measure this year.

  • The letter follows a hearing last month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which invited Southern California Edison to testify, though the company declined. Ronil Hira, a professor at Howard University, said at the hearing that the utility outsourced work to two companies, and those companies employed H-1B staffers who were then trained by the employees they...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A judge has rejected a proposed settlement between Northeastern U.S. farmers and the Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss opposed the $50 million settlement after objections by some farmers who said the payments would be insufficient and the settlement...

  • Here's the best new reason to wash your car often Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    The message came Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which closed a five-year investigation into rusting pipes that carry brake fluid in about 5 million older Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC pickups and SUVs, without seeking a recall. NHTSA's finding that the GM trucks weren't defective came even though it received 3,645...

  • The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the...

  • "Sharpening the definition of insider trading will clear up ambiguity in the law and help repair a broken system," Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who like Menendez is a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said in a statement. If enacted, the legislation would broaden what constitutes insider trading following the December ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

  • March 6- A train carrying 15 tanker cars of liquefied propane derailed in Essex junction, Vermont, late on Thursday, but no flammable gas was leaked and there was no danger to the public, according to a local news website on Friday. All safety systems also operated as designed, burlingtonfreepress.com reported, citing New England Railroad spokesman Mike Williams.